The Antinori Solaia 2014: A stylish and balanced Toscana IGT
The Antinori Solaia is a red wine from the Toscana IGT appellation, and is one of the mythical super Tuscan blends froma Bordeaux and Sangiovese grape varieties. This wine comes from a 20-hectare vineyard located on the Tignanello estate. The vines are planted on clay-limestone soil and limestone rock. Ageing takes place in new barrels for 18 months. The Antinori Solaia 2014 is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Sangiovese and 7% Cabernet Franc.
With an intense ruby-red colour, the Antinori Solaia 2014 has a full and complex bouquet with concentrated aromas of fresh black and red fruit (black cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry, red cherry, raspberry). All of which beautifully mingle with the more spicy notes of vanilla, black pepper and liquorice. On the palate, the wine is exceptionally elegant, fresh and balanced with a strong character. There are present tannins that have a silky texture. For the finish, the Antinori Solaia 2014 features fruity and spicy notes with finesse and a lovely aromatic persistence.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2014 Solaia will be released during the second half of 2017. This is a fine-tuned expression that shows a focused sense of detail and careful attention. The quota of Cabernet Franc has been upped by a hair and this makes a big difference, especially in terms of the wine's bouquet. Otherwise, this celebrated Tuscan blend is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese. It opens to dark fruit aromas with crushed mineral, pipe tobacco, pressed flower and toasted spice. Its appearance is midnight black and profound. The wine delivers a sense of sheer excitement and nervousness that will subside with another few years of bottle age. Nonetheless, I think a certain amount of that bright edginess or rigidness will always be part of this cool vintage Solaia. In the mouth, the wine is firm, compact and dense. The tannins are chiseled to the point of sublime integration. Marchesi Antinori made 40% less Solaia in this vintage in order to maintain the quality you taste here.